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“Since the age of four, I have known that I wanted to be in health care . . . ”
Shajuana (Shae) Taylor has achieved her dream, recently passing the licensure examination to become a registered nurse (RN). Shae earned an Associate of Science degree in Nursing from Harford Community College this past spring and began work in July as a clinical nurse on the NeuroTrauma IMC at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.
After previously completing the Phlebotomy Technician program and earning an AA in General Studies from HCC, Shae returned to HCC to pursue a degree in nursing. “It wasn’t until after my experiences as a phlebotomist at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center that I realized nursing would be the perfect career for me. The profession of nursing encompasses every trait I have and want to continue to develop. Compassion and caring for others is second nature to me. Being an advocate for those who need help and finding solutions to their problems excites me. I enjoy the idea of making a difference in the lives of others through health care.”
While at HCC, she joined the Harford Student Nurses Association and held three offices, Membership Chair (spring 2016), Secretary (fall 2016), and President (spring 2017). “I have learned so much about myself since joining the Student Nurses Association, and the more involved I was, the more I aspired to help those in need. This organization has prepared me for my new career and the challenges I will face in the nursing profession. I have learned the importance of advocacy, mentorship, and serving and supporting the community.” In addition, she currently serves on the Maryland Association of Nursing Students Board of Directors as the newly appointed Student Liaison for 2017-2018.
She completed her 100 hours of nursing practicum through a study abroad option in San Ignacio, Belize. She spent two weeks immersed in another culture, staying with a host family along with another classmate and three students from Boston, Scotland, and Vancouver, B.C. “The highlight of my trip was getting to know the other students from different countries and learning from the nurses and my host family. I also enjoyed seeing how the National Guard provides free health care events around the world. Belize is a beautiful country full of people who appreciated our willingness to learn from them. It was truly a life-changing experience that I will always cherish.”
The excellent education she received at HCC prepared Shae for her career in nursing. “Harford has felt like home. I enjoyed going through the hardest but most rewarding experience in the nursing program with all of my classmates who I now consider all to be family. We will have a lifelong bond that started at Harford Community College.”
Shae absolutely recommends HCC to other students, saying, “Harford Community College supports and encourages education, community service, cultural diversity, leadership, and innovation. The campus offers an array of courses, programs, degrees, and certificates for all types of careers.” She received great support from her advisors as well as faculty. She said that each genuinely wanted to see her succeed and encouraged her to keep going until she did, but added, “However, the most special people on this journey are the Nursing Class of Spring 2017. I will forever be bonded to them all.”
“In addition to family support, working at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center rekindled my desire to achieve my dream of becoming a nurse. I had the opportunity to learn from their best nurses and team members and I will never forget where it all began for me.” She was named the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center Nursing Scholarship recipient for fall 2015 to spring 2017. The scholarship paid for her tuition, fees, books, and clinical uniforms. “Recipients are guaranteed a full-time nursing position upon graduation and passing the boards. Being a recipient of the scholarship gave me the opportunity to focus my attention on my nursing courses without worry.”
In spring 2017 she received the Maryland Nurses Association District 7 Award for Outstanding Leadership as well as the Student Leadership Award.
Shae plans to graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Towson University at Northeastern Maryland in spring 2018. “As I gain experience at Shock Trauma, I plan to continue my education at the University of Maryland to become a Critical Care Nurse Practitioner. I also would like to continue my involvement with the Maryland Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association to advance legislative policy and research in nursing practice and health care.”
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